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Suet624
Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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I‘m making my way through the Tournament of Books shortlist and have been searching all the Vermont libraries for months for Mary Toft and Girl, Woman, Other to no avail. Even the local bookstores didn‘t have them. Finally, with a Christmas gift certificate in my hot little hand, I asked a bookstore to order them for me. I‘m delighted to finally have them and the bookstore was happy I went through them rather than Amazon. A win-win. #TOB2020

Megabooks Do you have hoopla? GWO is on there. 1d
Megabooks Oh and I read on and you ordered it. I ordered it too! It was my first 5⭐️ read of 2020!! You‘ll enjoy it. 1d
thebluestocking I loved both of these! I hope you enjoy them. 💙 1d
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Suet624 @Megabooks I just checked again on my Libby app and wouldn‘t you know it? The library must have just purchased a copy. It‘s okay though because it sounds like this book is one I might want to pass along to a family member. I‘m excited to read it! 1d
Suet624 @thebluestocking From all the reviews it sounds like I‘ll really enjoy them. 😍 1d
BarbaraBB I am looking forward to Mary Toft too! 1d
readordierachel It's so odd to me that the winner of the Booker is not available in most bookstores 17h
Suet624 @readordierachel I know!!!! I‘ve been so perplexed by that! 17h
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Suet624
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This novel, based on the murder of Latasha Harlan‘s in 1991, takes us back to the riots in LA and explains why the Korean stores were vandalized and set aflame. (I always wondered about that.) Two families struggle with their part in and consequence of the murder. While the story seemed longer than necessary, it captured the patterns of fear, violence, secrets, racism, and retribution very well. 3.5 stars. #TOB2020

BarbaraBB You‘re doing well with the shortlist! This one is on my tbr. I now started 3d
Suet624 @barbaraBB I‘m getting there! Oval sounds so interesting. Here‘s hoping you enjoy it. 🤞 (edited) 3d
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BarbaraBB
Golden State | Ben Winters
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book a lot. It‘s about a dystopian world where lying is the ultimate crime and a whole society is build on protecting the truth. Beside dystopian the book is a thriller in which two detectives (‘speculators‘) are hunting for the ultimate truth to protect their golden state.
The question is: what is true? I loved this premise and its execution despite it feeling a bit rushed in the end.

#ToB2020 #ATY20 week 4 #pop20
#JennyIs30

Hooked_on_books Yeah, I thought this one was cool. Really unique idea. 3d
thebluestocking I‘m glad you liked it! I really liked the set up and voice in this one. But the end kind of ruined it for me. 💙 3d
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking I can see why but for me it felt like the right ending with a lot of unanswered questions about thruth and lies. I kind of thought that fitting. 3d
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BkClubCare Thanks for letting me know you posted! I think we agree on reaction. It was a fun one to listen to. I guess I am still unsure who were the good guys/bad guys and what was the end goal. But fun questions to wonder abt. 2d
BarbaraBB I felt like the Golden State people were the good ones in the end, but by that time the reader (at least I) was completely in favor of Lazlo an the truth system which I think is a great accomplishment of Ben Winters! @BkClubCare (edited) 2d
vivastory His last policeman trilogy is excellent 2d
BarbaraBB @vivastory I am certainly in the mood for more by him (this was my first), so thanks 😊 2d
Hooked_on_books Random question on the Reading Europe challenge. I found a book centered on the Armenian genocide and refuges but that doesn‘t actually take place in Armenia. It‘s by an Armenian-American author (Litten Chris Bohjalian). Can I count that as an Armenia book? 2d
Suet624 It‘s funny because I gave this a so-so rating. But I keep thinking about it, so it definitely made an impact. His book Underground Airlines was really good. 1d
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I think you can. The book should be set in the country or written by an author from that country. On this case both are partly true. Agree @Librarybelle ? 1d
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I saw your review indeed and I understand why you rated it a so-so but it‘s always good indeed when you keep thinking of a book. So many I forget about within days! Thanks for the recommendation of the other book. I‘d like to read more by him! 1d
Hooked_on_books @Librarybelle Cool, thanks for the replies, you guys! 17h
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thebluestocking
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#bookreport #weeklyforecast

Another good reading week in the books! I‘m slowly but surely finishing up the books off the #tob2020 shortlist and, incidentally off my #BotM backlist. I am not positive what I‘ll pick up next; it‘ll largely depend on my mood this week!

Cinfhen Wow!!! Great week with lots of good books in the mix! How‘s 5d
thebluestocking @Cinfhen Thanks! I just barely started Optic Nerve. I‘m still acclimating to it. 5d
Cinfhen Guess I‘ll have to wait and see 😊 5d
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thebluestocking @Cinfhen Ha! Me too. 💙 5d
BarbaraBB I too am looking forward to your thoughts on Optic Nerve! How many books have you read from the shortlist so far? 5d
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB It looks like I‘ve read 12 from the shortlist and I have plans to read four more. I don‘t think I‘m going to go Oval or We Cast a Shadow? 💙 How many have you read? (edited) 4d
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BarbaraBB
Golden State | Ben Winters
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#WeeklyForecast 05/20

I am currently reading and loving Ways to Hide in Winter. I‘ll finish it soon I guess, not able to do much more until I know how it ends.
Then it‘s on with the #ToB2020 shortlist, hoping to tick off some prompts for the challenges as well.

Megabooks I have Oval, but it got put down in “the great migraine bail” halfway finished. It is...odd. 5d
Cinfhen Curious about Ben Winters novel / I own it but it‘s currently in Miami 😝 5d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Do you think you will pick it up again? 5d
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It starts off really good - but I‘m a sucker for dystopia! 5d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yes 👍🏻 5d
Megabooks Okay, so I decided to pick Oval back up and skim the first 8 chapters I read before I put it down. I want to be able to talk to you about it. When you get to Louis and Anja meeting at the house party in the suburbs, let me know. 👍🏻📚😘 5d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I will! Looking forward to it already but it can take a while as I just started 5d
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Redwritinghood
Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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Domino and I are staying warm on this snowy Saturday afternoon and finishing up another book from the #tob2020 shortlist. This was an entertaining read about accepting people even with all of their faults. It was a quick, easy read. Good narrative voice as well, but overall probably 3⭐️ at most.

thebluestocking I liked but didn‘t love this one too. I had a hard time believing Lilian‘s interactions with the kids. 💙 5d
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BarbaraBB
Kaddish.com | Nathan Englander
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#BookReport 04/20

I read and enjoyed Kaddish and The House and its Head. Unforgettable I couldn‘t keep track of what happened in Overthrow and I bailed on that one even though it is short for the #ToB2020.

Cinfhen Sorry that #ToB was a stinker 😆 6d
thebluestocking Oh. That‘s sad about Overthrow. I have a copy coming my way this week. 💙 5d
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking It just wasn‘t the right time - maybe. I was too impatient I think. I hope you will like it! 5d
Suet624 Overthrow was one I decided not to buy. I‘m glad I made that decision! Let‘s hope it doesn‘t go far in the tournament. 1d
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I certainly hope so. I can‘t wait for the brackets! 1d
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BkClubCare
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My next up eBook for #TOB #TOB2020 #libraryloan #dueJan29

thebluestocking Yay! I‘m still waiting for my hold on this one to come in. 💙 5d
BkClubCare @thebluestocking - it is already tense and I am on page 11. Also, Trust Exercise arrived so I will put it next. 2d
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BarbaraBB
Overthrow: A Novel | Caleb Crain
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I bailed. I am really not in the mood for this struggle from page to page.
It is just not the right book at the right moment. I did like the writing style but found myself not interested in the plot.
Most of all I liked the cover, because I love the painter Valloton 💜. This is however one of his lesser works - I think. You should check him out, he has painted reading women in a fantastic way. Wait, I‘ll show you in my next post! #ToB2020

TrishB Sometimes you just have to bail 🤷‍♀️ 6d
Megabooks Onward and upward! 6d
merelybookish You are more generous than I was! But I understand the bail. 3d
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BarbaraBB @merelybookish You finished it, that‘s far more generous. I actually liked the way he wrote and was kind of interested in Matthew but not in what happened to him. 2d
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Spoiler: not much happens to him. Or anyone. 🙄 2d
BarbaraBB @merelybookish I had that feeling already 😂 2d
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thebluestocking
The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I was riveted by this tale of Hiram, the black slave son of his master and his mother who was sold when he was nine. At turns heartbreaking and redemptive, I loved Coates‘s observations of slavery and the Underground. The only things that kept this from being a five-star book were the details of Hi‘s personal involvement in the Underground. (More in the comments, if you‘re interested.) Overall, though, this is a gem of a book. #tob #tob2020 #botm

thebluestocking First, I thought Hi‘s contribution to the Underground throughout was underdeveloped. Second, I was disappointed in Hi‘s use of conduction at the end. It seemed unnecessary since the whole estate went to Corinne right after. 1w
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